WAEC: We will not relent in fight against ‘miracle centres’

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has stated that it will do everything possible to stop special centres better known as ‘miracle centres’ for its examinations in the country.

This was stated on Thursday by the WAEC deputy registrar/zonal coordinator in Enugu, Eucharia Onodu at an interaction on ending malpractice during WASSCE and the National Examination Council (NECO) exams.

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According to Onodu, the council had put in a lot of measures to curb the menace in its exams.

“We use unique Continuous Assessment of Candidates to identify candidates during exam registration,” she said.

“Miracle centres are not the making of WAEC and we are working seriously to stop it. WAEC does not register any candidate without the approval from the ministry of education.

“We have data of all the schools and if a school is coming for registration, we make sure the ministry of education endorses it.”

The zonal coordinator reiterated that the council would sanction any school suspected of foul play and would stop excess registration and migration of candidates.

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She added that when examination was on, WAEC officers would monitor and inspect centres and encouraged their supervisors to report cheating.

The session was organised by Bursting the Myths of Miracle Examination Centre (BMMEC) in collaboration with the Anti Corruption Evidence (ACE) for stakeholders across the country.

Uzoma Okoye, BMMEC’s principal investigator, said the event is aimed galvanising critical stakeholders towards proffering solution to corruption in educational system.

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Okoye said research had shown that all over the world certificates acquired from Nigeria were being discriminated against due to condition it was acquired.

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